PGA Tour: 2018 Valero Texas Open Betting Preview and Picks
Okay golf betting enthusiasts, the PGA Tour is heading to TPC San Antonio, Texas for the 2018 Valero Texas Open at AT&T Oaks Course and this year’s event looks like a thriller just waiting to happen. One-time major winner Sergio Garcia is the favorite at 12-1, followed closely by Matt Kuchar and Charley Hoffman, both at 18-1.
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What: 2018 Valero Texas Open
When: Thursday, April 19, 2018, at 1:00 PM ET
Where: TPC San Antonio
TV: GOLF, CBS
Format: Stroke play
Prize fund: $6.2 million
Before we look at this weekend’s approaching event, let’s look back at what’s gone down since the calendar turned to 2018.
Dustin Johnson won the Sentry Tournament of Champions on Jan. 7 in Kapalua, Maui, Hawai’i. Patton Kizzire won the Sony Open in Honolulu, Hawai’i the following week. On Jan. 21 John Rahm won the CareerBuilder Challenge in La Quinta, California and then, Jason Day won the Farmer’s Insurance Open in San Diego.
Gary Woodland won the Waste Management Open in Phoenix the following week. Ted Potter Jr. claimed the Pebble Beach Pro-Am in California right after that. Veteran, Bubba Watson then won the Genesis Open in Pacific Palisades, California, followed by Justin Thomas winning The Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Phil Mickelson won the WGC-Mexico Championship at Chapultepec in Mexico City to kick off March and then Paul Casey took the title at the Valspar Championship at Copperhead in Palm Harbor on March 11.
Rory McIlroy bagged the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill one week later and then Bubba Watson became the first two-time winner this calendar year by winning the WGC-Dell Technologies in Austin, Texas. Ian Poulter claimed the title at the Houston Open a week later and the polarizing Patrick Reed won the prestigious Masters at Augusta before the unheralded Satoshi Kodaira surprised the field to win the RBC Heritage at Hilton head in a playoff over Si Woo Kim by draining a 25-foot putt on the third playoff hole. And now, we’re up to date heading into the Valero Open where six of the top 30 players in the world rankings will be teeing it up in the Lone Star State.
TPC San Antonio, Oaks Course, is a 7,435-yard par 72 that lies north of center city San Antonio. there’s a bunch of natural vegetation hazards. If you didn’t know, the 38-year-old Garcia served as a consultant in the 2010 Greg Norman design.
Garcia is the favorite, but he’s making his first appearance since missing the cut badly at the Masters, where a stunning 13 on hole No. 15 at completely ended any chance of the Spaniard defending the green jacket he won in Georgia in 2017. Garcia has three top 10 finishes this year in five events, so he could challenge even though he’s never won this event.
Luke List (22-1), Ryan Moore (25-1), Kevin Chappell (28-1), Adam Scott (30-1), Billy Horschel (33-1), Brandt Snedeker (35-1) and Chesson Hadley (40-1) round out the rest of the top 10 favorites following Garcia, Kuchar and Hoffman.
Kevin Chappell won the 2017 Valero Texas Open champion by nailing an eight-foot birdie putt on the final hole of the tournament to hold off a strong charge from Brooks Koepka who finished one stroke back. The win was Chappell’s first on the PGA Tour and was a long time coming with the California native producing four runner-up finishes in the 2015-16 season. Chappell has finished 15th or better in three of his last five appearances at the Texas Open including a fourth-place finish in 2016 and his win last year.
Charley Hoffman has three top-25 finishes in his last four events and has finished no worse than 13th in five of his last six appearances in San Antonio, which includes a win in 2016.
Zach Johnson is a 40-1 pick, but maybe he should be higher on the board, seeing as how he is just one of two golfers, along with Justin Leonard, to win this tournament in consecutive years this century. Johnson won in 2008 and 2009 while Leonard won back-to-back in 2000 and 2001 while also winning in 20007.
Jim Furyk is set to return to the tournament for the first time since 2015, and the veteran has two top-10 finishes in his three visits to San Antonio. However, the U.S. Ryder Cup captain has finished under par on only once this season (-6 at the Valspar Championship).
2018 Texas Valero Open Odds
Sergio Garcia 12-1
Matt Kuchar 18-1
Charley Hoffman 18-1
Luke List 22-1
Ryan Moore 25-1
Kevin Chappell 28-1
Adam Scott 30-1
Billy Horschel 33-1
Brandt Snedeker 35-1
Chesson Hadley 40-1
Si Woo Kim 40-1
Beau Hossler 40-1
Brendan Steele 40-1
Jimmy Walker 40-1
Zach Johnson 40-1
Pat Perez 40-1
I’m going to say that Kevin Chappell’s win a year ago was no fluke and that I can very easily be seeing the sweet-swinging Californian going back-to-back by claiming this year’s title.
I like Charley Hoffman as my No. 2 pick to win because of the amazing consistency he’s shown on this course over his career and my third and final pick is for 39-year-old Oklahoma native Jimmy Walker, the 2015 winner here. Walker finished T* at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, but more importantly, T28 at the Valspar and T20 at the Masters.
Top Three Picks